Education Reform Advisory Council convenes
Members of the South Dakota Education Reform Advisory Council met for two days in Pierre last month. Click here for a short video summary by Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

New teacher training model being developed
A new model for teacher training at South Dakotaís public universities would involve a full year of residency in a school setting. The model recently was recommended to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Click here for more information.

2012-13 federal funds intact
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a letter clarifying the impact of the Budget Control Actís sequestration of funds for key federal education programs. Click here to learn more.

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South Dakota gets high marks for special education, early intervention services

Once again, South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for fiscal year 2010. South Dakota is one of only 23 states or U.S. territories to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

IDEA Part B monitors the effectiveness of special education services at the preschool and K-12 levels, while Part C refers to the stateís Birth to Three program, which serves younger children and their families.

IDEA requires each state to develop a State Performance Plan that evaluates its efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA, and describes how the state will improve its implementation.

The Part B State Performance Plan includes baseline data, measurable and rigorous targets, and improvement activities for 20 indicators, such as graduation rate, participation and performance on assessments, and ensuring that complaints are resolved and hearings are adjudicated within required timelines.

The Part C, or Birth to 3, State Performance Plan includes baseline data, measurable and rigorous targets, and improvement activities for 14 indicators, such as ensuring positive outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities, timely provision of services, and meeting evaluation timelines.

Nebraska and Wyoming were also among the 23 states that met requirements under both parts of IDEA.